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NHL BOARD TO DISCUSS EXPANSION; SCHEDULE REDUCED TO 82 GAMES
Published May 25, 1995
The NHL Board of Governors will discuss details for expansion at a board meeting June 21, according to this morning's TORONTO STAR. The 26 governors are expected to vote to add at least two teams, and possibly four, beginning with the '96-97 season. Atlanta, Portland, Seattle, and Phoenix are "considered to be the frontrunners, depending on the fate" of the Jets and the Nordiques. The STAR reports that "unlike the last expansion when Anaheim and Florida were simply added, the next expansion will probably involve a bidding process" (Cox & Hunter, TORONTO STAR, 5/25). In addition, the NHL's 84-game schedule has been reduced to 82 games for next season, reports Bob McKenzie in Toronto. The majority of governors went with the pre-vote recommendation of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to eliminate games 83 and 84, now played as neutral site games. "In lieu of the revenue previously generated by the games, a lump sum payments will be made to the NHLPA" (TORONTO STAR, 5/25).